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The Wild Angels (1966)

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The "Angles", a San Pedro motorcycle gang, parties in the Coachella Valley's Palm Springs Indian Canyons, California, and wreaks havoc with the local police.

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Roger Corman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Fonda ... Heavenly Blues
Nancy Sinatra ... Mike 'Monkey'
Bruce Dern ... Joe 'Loser' Kearns
Diane Ladd ... Gaysh
Buck Taylor ... Dear John
Norman Alden ... Medic
Michael J. Pollard ... Pigmy
Lou Procopio Lou Procopio ... Joint
Joan Shawlee ... Momma Monahan
Marc Cavell ... Frankenstein
Coby Denton Coby Denton ... Bull Puckey
Frank Maxwell ... Preacher
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Suzie
Gina Grant Gina Grant
Art Baker ... Thomas - Mortician
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Storyline

Peter Fonda plays 'Heavenly Blues', the leader of the Angels, a motorcycle gang from San Pedro, California; Bruce Dern plays 'Loser', his best pal. When they both botch their attempt to retrieve Loser's stolen bike, Loser ends up in the hospital. When the Angels bust him out, he dies, and they bury him. Nancy Sinatra plays Mike, Blues' "old lady" and Diane Ladd plays Loser's wife (Dern's real-life wife at the time). The plot is basically a buildup to the last half-hour of the film in which Loser's funeral becomes another wild party. Written by alfiehitchie

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Bull... swinging a cycle chain in each hand and lusting for 'Action' See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug-related material | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All the Fallen Angels See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$360,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,500,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Hells Angels brought a $5-million defamation lawsuit against Roger Corman for what they perceived as a negative portrayal of their image. See more »

Goofs

During the funeral procession, one of the bikers glances into the camera. See more »

Quotes

Medic: [said jokingly to girl dancing] Hey, don't get none of that on me!
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Connections

Referenced in Derby (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

The Loser's Burial
Written by Mike Curb and Davie Allan
Performed by Davie Allan and The Arrows
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"A rape of decency! A parody of pleasure!"
10 December 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Roger Corman's modestly-budgeted biker flick for American International opens brilliantly, with evocative shots by cinematographer Richard Moore that promise a lot more than what Corman, screenwriter Charles Griffith, or the cast members can eventually deliver. Plot has Southern California biker gang enjoying rumbles, cycle jousts, hassling the Mexicans, and outrunning the local heat; but when Bruce Dern steals a police-bike and gets shot, gang "president" Peter Fonda hatches a plan to break him out of the hospital and thus keep him out of prison. Fairly raw and uncompromising, the picture looks terrific from start to finish, but the line-readings are sometimes so awkward that one wishes Corman could cut back on dialogue and just allow the visuals to tell the story. Sort of the older brother to "Easy Rider", "Angels" was eclipsed in popularity and relevance only a few years later, but it's fairly gripping and visceral overall, occasionally amusing, and features some fine actors in support (Diane Ladd, Gayle Hunnicutt, Michael J. Pollard, and Nancy Sinatra, whose hospital crying scene is a hoot). **1/2 from ****


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